Dugout Discussion

Pulisic benched as Lampard switches to a 3-4-3 against unchanged Spurs

The final match of Gameweek 18 takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Chelsea the visitors to north London.

Kick-off is at 16:30 GMT.

The team news is straightforward from a Spurs perspective: Jose Mourinho has named an unchanged side for the third game running.

The Chelsea starting XI requires a bit more explanation, however.

Frank Lampard has benched Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) for the first time in the Premier League since Gameweek 9, with Jorginho (£5.0m) and the injured Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) also making way from the side that lost to Bournemouth.

Marcus Alonso (£6.0m) gets his first start since Gameweek 10, with Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) and Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) also recalled.

All of that would seem to suggest that Lampard has switched to a 3-4-3, with Tomori joining Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) and Antonio Rudiger (£6.0m) at centre-half.

Mason Mount (£6.5m) and Willian (£7.0m) appear to be flanking Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) in attack.

Mount, Pulisic and Abraham were three of the four most-sold FPL assets of Gameweek 18.

Lampard’s side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 2019/20.

Spurs, by contrast, have won four of their five league games under Jose Mourinho since the ‘Special One’ first took charge a month ago.

Dele Alli (£8.8m), Son Heung-min (£10.1m) and Harry Kane (£10.9m) are averaging 8.0, 7.8 and 5.4 points per game respectively under their new manager.

Kane is the fourth-most-popular captaincy pick of Gameweek 18, while only three FPL assets were bought by more managers than Son in the run-up to this weekend.


Spurs XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Sissoko, Dele, Son, Lucas, Kane.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Rudiger, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Abraham.



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1,997 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ZimZalabim
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    if alli didnt want a week to make a decision in the middle of the park spurs wouldnt be so awful

    1. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      He’s been poor. It doesn’t help Spurs that neither Sissoko and Dier are great on the ball either. A real lack of creativity centrally.

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Alonso essential. Mendy also played well yesterday.

    TRAM on the cards

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      2 major rotation risks. No thanks

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Doubt he goes with the same system in the "easier" games

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Get Erik on

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Winks still injured? He's better on movement and passes

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Get them both on

  4. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Not a single spurs fan there behind the goal trying to.distract William in the penalty run up.
    Poor show.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      They were on my TV.

      1. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        The angle I saw there were none.. maybe in the wide shot there were..

  5. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    HT Mou masterclass incoming

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Spurs lucky it’s only 2.

  7. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Kante and Kova smashing it in midfield

    1. Feb Vertonghen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Read Kane. Still the same.

    2. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Absolute dominance

      Great players. Frank sorted Kovacic out

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    How the hell is Gazzaniga a professional footballer?

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      And Aurier

    2. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Same at Eric dier

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      De Gea could not catch ball either earlier today

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Sure De Gea has been in rubbish form but I can't even comprehend what Gazza's decision making was for that incident. He could've easily taken it with his hands.

    4. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Dier in that midfield is the blatant problem here

      Frank doing the biz with that formation here today

      Great to see

  9. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    2% own Willian

    1. Mo Salah No Mane
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      ME!

  10. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I am on Son C with Alli yellow and Abraham too 🙂

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Be thankful you don’t also own Aurier too like me.

      3 points from 5 players....

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Son C, Alli YC, Aurier 2 goals conceded, Tammy top 6 no show

    3. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Mee too. Loving it.

    4. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Glad to see we are all so happy.
      It’s a game of 2 halves or 2 mares I think.

  11. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    What counts if you tie with equal points against your cup opponent?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Goals scored

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers.

    2. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Goals scored I think

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Transfers made?

    4. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Which Cup?

      Rank for FFS
      Goals for FPL

  12. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Mou getting schooled by one of his students here.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Lamps was never his student

      1. Sid1891
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Apprentice ?

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Frank is a clever boy

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Terrible game for my Fantasy team, great news as a Chelsea supporter!

  14. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Good game for FPL so far this

  15. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Gazz has been one of my worst decisions this year

    Robbie Earl claimed before the game that Serge Aurier has been playing really well, before the game. Is Robbie Earl the most clueless pundit? He also couldn't fathom why United keep losing to the teams they keep losing to. Clueless

  16. fr3d
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Abraham is dreadful

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Father Abraham had many sons....

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      He's done well non FPL wise, making good runs off the ball and keeping the 2 CB occupied

    3. Bushwhacker
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Eh?

  17. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Alli captain fail would make it 5 in a row under double figures for me
    So frustrating

  18. Cheesyzoot
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Too early to start praising KDB cappers?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Don't think a 4 point c is worth praise? Maybe if it's a disaster week.

  19. Sailboats
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Spurs totally overrun in midfield. Expect to see a sub or two at HT

  20. Mo Salah No Mane
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I'll say it again
    Proud and PATIENT Willian owner here 🙂

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Good man, well done

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Team link?

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Well played.

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I mean yeah he’s doing alright now but he hasn’t returned since GW12 what you been doing

      1. Mo Salah No Mane
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Lol
        Been hoping and praying
        He's had some good chances in between.
        Had bigger issues every week and wanted a differential.

      2. Bushwhacker
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Red red red red red red red GREEN GENIUS!!

    5. Mo Salah No Mane
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Cheers guys!

  21. Holmes (specialist in failu…
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Once upon a time, I was considering Willian instead of Pulisic. But Pulisic is so good...

  22. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    My Spurs players Alli and Aurier ... both on zerrooosss

    1. Sid1891
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Thank you
      Same here

    2. Abraham & Cheese
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Same

  23. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    LOL ! 4 players 0 Points! and I am awake for this until 2:30

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Gts, unlikely to change anything

      1. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Going to Sleep now! would be great to see Alli red and Chelsea 4 goals when I check the score tomorrow to see it decrease from today!

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      😀

  24. Regin
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Assuming alli and mount play 60 mins. And neither contribute or get yc and Chelsea keep cs, i will be tied with cup opponent. He has Vardy captain and cantwell, so 2 goals, i have ings and Vardy but kdb captain so 3 goals. So if tie, i go thru? Fact his captain scored doesn't mean it will be considered as 2 goals, right?

    1. the Penman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Correct, just single goals.

    2. Chandler Bing
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Alli already got a YC

  25. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    This game 100% sums up this season of FPL

    It is not a skill game this year

    1. Bushwhacker
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ever.

  26. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Tomori first on my bench, CS will happen here no doubt

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Zero chance

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Zero was in Watford case also?

  27. Abraham & Cheese
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    As a Chelsea fan who subbed Tomori to Aurier and put the captaincy on Alli, I feel very conflicted about this score. Here's to a Dele hattrick in the 2nd half!

    1. Abraham & Cheese
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      transferred* Tomori -> Aurier

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah... You're not a Chelsea fan is you're hoping for an Alli hat-trick.

      I have the (C) on him too, but I don't want Chelsea to lose.

      1. Abraham & Cheese
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I should've added that I also expect a hattrick from Abraham too, to make it a 5-3 Chelsea win.

  28. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is there a betting market where you can back Mount to get one?

    1. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Absolute loss for you, ref won't give him if his life depends on it.

  29. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Small red atm.

    1. Jafoole_88
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      What happened to your 'Son of a chink' comment?

  30. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Gud bye cup thanks to this game

    1. Silecro
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      My opponent wildcarded this GW (OR 7mil, clearly)..and is on 24 points..karma